The Junior Cycle Programme is followed for the first three years of a student’s secondary schooling. The main objective of the Junior Cycle is for students to complete a broad and balanced curriculum and to develop the knowledge and skills that will enable them to proceed to Senior Cycle confident in their ability to learn.
A new Framework for Junior Cycle has made significant changes to the current Junior Cycle since September 2014. In June 2017 the first students sat the English component of the New Junior Cycle.
Since September 2019 every subject is following the New Junior Cycle Specification. Wellbeing was introduced as a subject and this encompasses what were formerly classes in PE, SPHE and CSPE. The students receive 400 hours of Wellbeing over the course of the three year cycle. All subjects are involved as the six areas of Wellbeing are incorporated into every subject area – see the icons below. Specific events are added to the school calendar throughout the year as well as part of the hours covered.
Students who sit their Junior Cycle in St Louis take ten academic subjects. The choices remain mostly the same each year. Students choose eleven subjects in First Year and then drop one going into Second Year. The core subjects for our 2021 intake are:
Irish, English, Maths,
Geography, History, Religion
Science, Business Studies
Wellbeing – PE, SPHE and CSPE
Students then choose a language from the following options:
French or Spanish
They then choose two of the following four subjects:
Home Economics, Music, Technology or Visual Art
All information about the different subjects can be found in the Parents section of the website.